It's all about cats and flowers for sketchbook #5! These are sketched out in pencil, lined with faber-castell XS pen, and the flowers are colored with copic markers. Btw, I use sticky notes to cover up marker bleed-through, but they also just give some super cool dimension to the sketcbook page!
Tip: Use things in your real life as references and then simplify and play around with the shapes to make them more "cartoony". The cats with with the flowers are based on my cat, Pancake and the little sticky note cat is based on my other cat, Backpack. I sketched all the cats in about 20 minutes by just focusing on the most simple shape and not putting a whole lot of pressure on myself to get the anatomy perfect (clearly lol).
I've been working on these two illustrations all week and trying to improve on my coloring and blending. "Earth" (on the left) and "Sky" on the right were both drawn with Faber Castell ink pens and colored with Copic markers. Scroll down for a video of how I colored the trees/leaves in the Earth illustration!
Tip: When you mess up on a drawing in your sketchbook, before ripping it out and starting over, try covering the parts you don't like with a sticky note or piece of paper and draw over it (in the Sky illustration, I hated the color I originally chose for the face and sun, but I liked the rest so I made it work!)
Markers Used for Trees:
Pale Pink Base: Winsor & Newton Promarker Dusky Pink 0518 | Main Pink Leaves: Copic RV25 | Darker Leaves: Copic R37
Hello again! It's Sketchbook Sunday! This past week I was at Kiawah Island, SC and I could not stop looking at all the plants! I had been practicing painting with watercolors again, so I continued with that and spent the rest of the week drawing and redrawing plants that were around our house. But of course I had to add some girls in there too.
Tip: Take a sketch that you like and try recreating it in a different medium to see the differences/challenges between the two, and to test your skills in both!
Something I always struggle with drawing is shoes and clothes; for me it's always been really hard to get a natural look that doesn't feel super realistic or stiff and boring. So for this week, enjoy these two pages of messy sketches where I tried to figure all that out.
Tip: Make sure both shoes don't look exactly the same when you're drawing a pair. Even if you're drawing them from the same angle (like the boots in the bottom right corner). Drawing them a little misshapen makes them look worn and more natural. (:
Clothes are hard too. Here I was just trying to really focus on the shapes and the way the clothes lay. Not a huge fan of this one but hey, that's what practice is for!
What do you struggle with drawing and how do you practice to get better? Is there something you'd like me to highlight next Sketchbook Sunday? Tell me in the comments below or shoot me an e-mail by clicking the button!
There's a quote by John Mayer that says, "“If you had started doing anything two weeks ago, by today you would have been two weeks better at it.”. I read that a few years ago and since then, I've kind of adopted it as a philosophy for my art . So, in an effort to keep myself constantly working and improving, I'm starting up a new weekly blog series: Sketchbook Sunday! Every Sunday, I'll be sharing one or two pages from my sketchbook for you all to see what I've been working on! I can't promise they'll all be winners, but I'm going to share it anyway.
I've been working on getting better at drawing people, which of course includes drawing all kinds of people: different face shapes, features, hair, etc, so I started drawing all the faces I could fit on one page. These faces come from either memory or reference photos (mostly Pinterest) and were sketched in pencil and then outlined/colored with Staedtler Fineliner pens. Enjoy! And if you have any questions or just wanna chat, hit me up!
See you next Sunday!
I've had so many people ask me how I turn my artwork into stickers, and I feel like I've FINALLY gotten it down to enough of a science (kind of?) to show you guys how I make it happen! Read on for a step by step process of how I turned these fish drawings into cute little stickers!
If you know me at all, you know what a huge deal halloween is for me and Nathan. It's like our Christmas. So for the past four years, we've tried to throw the biggest, most extra party we could possibly manage and they've all been so much fun. But this year....y'all. This year was the best one yet. The theme was "Hollywood Horror" dedicated to our favorite classic horror movies and it was a good time. We had over 30 people in my tiny house, a ton of horror movie paraphernalia, about 300 balloons, and more food than we knew what to do with. If you wanna see how we outdid ourselves this year, click the button below!
I don't know about you guys, but I'm slightly obsessed with stickers. I have stickers on my laptop, water bottle, iPad, notebooks, calendar, phone, and any other blank surface I can think of. So of course when I started drawing more, I wanted to turn those pieces of art into stickers, and I think I have FINALLY figured out the best way to get super high quality stickers, made from my OWN artwork, right at home. Click the button below to see my latest illustrations, read more about the sticker making process and enter a free giveaway for your very own set of Summer Girls!
A couple months ago I was approached by a fellow creative about participating in a styled shoot. I had never done one of these before and was super busy but when she said the words "romantic", and "french country", I couldn't resist. Read on to see more photos of these simple hand lettered invitations I did-and get a couple cute free printables!
Do you guys remember these beauties? My beautiful wonderful adorable sweet friend Jenna let me try my hand at making these for her wedding and-not to toot my own horn-but they turned out pretty sweet! Since making that first set, I've made a couple more and I think I've finally perfected the process. Click below to see the process and follow the link to my Etsy shop to order your set!
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